Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Baden
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Baden note about the FBI photographer at the scene of the autopsy?

2. What does Baden believe is a reflection of the way people live?

3. What was the outside ME's issued cause of death in the Stewart case?

4. Why does Baden challenge the autopsy finding of the Lindberg baby?

5. What piece of evidence was crucial to the case in 1910?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how ricin came into fame in 1978.

2. Describe the blunders that occurred during the Levin and Chambers case.

3. In the end of Chapter One, the report given to the FBI suggests two shooters. Explain the event that prompted the committee to suggest this.

4. Explain Baden's experience of the convergence of hospital medicine and the morgue, and why the event had an impact on him.

5. Describe why there was controversy surrounding the death of Elvis.

6. What happened to much of the evidence in the Kennedy assassination case, and what does Baden believe occurred?

7. Many cases are mentioned in Chapter Four that others point to as proof that Baden made poor judgments while acting as ME. What is his defense, in general, for the accusations?

8. What is psychosis with exhaustion, according to Baden?

9. Explain why identification of the victims of Flight 66 was hindered.

10. What does Baden note in Chapter One is the price of fame when a celebrity dies, and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss each of the following forms of identification of remains in detail. Be sure to mention how the process is done, and any limitations mentioned in the book in terms of their reliability and effectiveness. Use examples from the book, where possible, to show how the method is used.

• Familial identification

• Dental identification

• Bone identification

• Scar identification

• Fingerprinting

• Personal effects identification

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 1 of the book, Baden discusses the concept of celebrity death, and the effect of a flawed autopsy on the perception of foul play surrounding the death. Do you think conspiracy theories are derived from the life of the celebrity, or the circumstances surrounding their death, or both? Why? What aspects of life or death help frame a conspiracy theory following death? Why do some celebrities suffer such beliefs after their death and some do not? Based on this, do you think forensic science can have an effect on these ideas? Why or why not? What does this say about forensic science?

Essay Topic 3

In the Joseph Christopher case, Baden points out several odd serial killer characteristics. What made Christopher a rare serial killer? What were his methods? What were his motives? How does this differ from other serial killers? Be sure to be detailed in your answers, and include each phase of Christopher's killing spree, including:

• The shootings in Buffalo

• The killings of the taxi drivers

• The slashings in New York

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